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12 amazing women who are making a difference

CAMPAIGNING: Pastor Lorraine Jones launched boxing scheme Dwaynamics in honour of her son

Mimi Ajala
This 30-something preacher runs Mimi Ajala Ministries, which puts on conferences and events. Her 2018 women’s conference attracted more than 2000 people and contributors included Karren Brady CBE from the BBC’s The Apprentice. Her 2019 conference featured Juanita Bynum and Kiki Sheard and had more than 1000 people in attendance. Visit mimiajala. org. Mimi is pictured inset below.

Olivia Amartey
Ordained minister Olivia made history in 2018 when she became the first black woman to be appointed executive director of the Elim Pentecostal Church, which represents 5000 churches in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Her role includes strategic planning for the church. Visit

Zina Arinze
Using the power of social media, Zina has become known as the divorce reinvention queen. She provides coaching, mentoring and support to women who are going through or have gone through divorce. Visit Rev Daisy-Bailey: Based in Manchester, Rev Bailey is the first and only female Regional Overseer (equivalent of a Bishop) in the Church of God of Prophecy. Rev Bailey serves as Senior Pastor of two churches. Visit Neomi Bennett BEM: This former nurse invented the Neoslip, a product that helps patients put on hospital and travel stockings more easily, and has built a growing business called Neo Slips. Products are available in hospitals across the UK, Africa and Europe. Visit

Dr Cheron Byfield
An academic and author, Dr Byfield is the founder of education charity Excell3 and the visionary behind King Solomon International Business School. Based in Birmingham, the school has a Christian ethos and aims to enable pupils to work/trade in the global economy. Visit Pastor Marjorie Esomowei: “Pastor Marj”, as she is known, co-pastors Triumphant Church International and leads Wisdom for Women International, a ministry that organises conferences, retreats and the annual Wise Women Awards, which celebrates the achievements of Christian women. Visit wisdomforwomen

Karen Gibson
Ever since the Kingdom Choir performed at the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the director Karen Gibson has become a household name. With her stand-out grey hair, Karen has become an ambassador for UK Gospel, especially since the choir released their album on Sony Records. Visit

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin
This Jamaican-born minister is the first black woman to serve as Chaplain to the Speaker in the House of Commons; she also serves as Queen’s Chaplain and is Priest-in-charge of St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London.

Pastor Lorraine Jones
Ever since her son, Dwayne Simpson, was stabbed to death near his Brixton home in 2014, Pastor Lorraine has been a strong campaigner against youth violence. She runs Dwaynamics, a boxing club founded by her son prior to his death. She was recently named the most Inspirational woman of the Year at an event hosted by the Daily Mail. Visit dsfcic.

Caroline Marsh
She came to fame in 2008, after appearing on Channel 4 series Secret Millionaire. Caroline built her fortune as a property developer and her skills have led to her being invited by the Zambian government to build affordable housing. Visit for more.

Amanda Mukwashi
Amanda works as chief executive of Christian Aid, one of the UK’s largest Christian charities to work with disadvantaged communities in 37 countries. British-born of Zambian heritage, prior to joining CA, Amanda worked as Chief of Volunteer Knowledge for the UN, and was Director of Policy for VSO International. Visit

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